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The Space highlights: unmissable digital arts and culture from London 2012 Festival

  • Date: 18 December 2012
  • Area: National

As this year draws to a close, The Space launches a new online collection allowing visitors to re-live the breathtaking smorgasbord of arts and culture offered in the London 2012 Festival, a 12-week cultural celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Re-live the best bits of London 2012 Festival on The Space

Stand-out projects on free digital arts service The Space include:

Stockhausen's Helicopter String Quartet
Birmingham Opera's extraordinary staging of the third movement in Stockhausen's epic Mittwoch aus Licht opera, performed by the Elysian String Quartet in four helicopters stationed above a disused chemical plant.

Circa and I Fagiolini's How Like an Angel
A mesmerising collaborative performance from contemporary circus company, Circa, and vocal group, I Fagiolini, set against the backdrop of a cathedral. You can also watch backstage footage and commentary from the creators.

Tracy Emin in conversation with Stephen Fry
Writer and comedian Stephen Fry interviews artist Tracey Emin about her exhibition, She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, at the Turner Contemporary in hometown Margate.

Shakespeare's Cymbeline
An performance of Shakespeare's Roman tragedy by the South Sudan Theatre Company in Juba Arabic.

Sue Austin's Creating the Spectacle!
A film about artist Sue Austin's extraordinary performance piece featuring the world's first self-propelled underwater wheelchair. The piece challenged the way in which wheelchairs and disability are viewed.

Arts and culture on demand on The Space

The Space is a free, online arts resource developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC. It launched in May 2012 to revolutionise and widen our engagement with arts and culture as well as act as a platform for creative digital experimentation.

2012 was landmark year for UK arts and culture and The Space made it possible to experience highlights from the London 2012 Festival online from a different angle - via live stream, for those unable to attend in person, or as part of a project experimenting with new digital technologies.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:  'The Space is changing the way that we can all engage with the arts and it's a real treat to be able to relive some of those special moments of a very special year for arts and culture.'

You can access The Space now at or by viewing on connected TV or The Space channel (Freeview HD channel 232).